Lotto winner shows up to convenience store unaware he had jackpot ticket

Lotto winner shows up to convenience store unaware he had jackpot ticket

Lotto winner shows up to convenience store unaware he had jackpot ticket

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by James Muñoz / KENS 5

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Posted on November 9, 2012 at 9:29 AM

SAN ANTONIO-- Thelma Food Mart at 24945 Pleasanton Road sold the winning lotto ticket Wednesday afternoon. It was a quick-pick sold at around 5 p.m.

Thursday night Stanley Smith made his usual visit to Thelma Food Mart for a Dr. Pepper and a few scratch-off tickets.

Everyone was talking about the winning Lotto Texas ticket for $32 million. That's when a store clerk urged Smith to return to his vehicle to check the quick-pick he'd bought on Wednesday.

Smith realized he had the winning numbers and said he could only describe the initial feeling as numbness.

"I'm ecstatic. Thank you all," said 56-year-old. "Most of it will be put in trust funds or somewhere safe. I'm not going to change a whole lot, just enough to get by. Now I can buy anything I want."

Smith plans to pay off his bills and help his son-in-law who has had a difficult time at work recently.

"This money will help a whole lot," said Smith.

Stanley has worked in machine maintenance for 34 years and said he'll show up to work for just a little while Friday morning.

Stanley has two children and two grandchildren.

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